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CompuServe

An online information service that provides access to the Internet, e-mail, instant messaging and an integrated contact list. Founded in 1969 as a timesharing service, CompuServe is one of the oldest online services, being the first to offer e-mail in 1979 and online chat a year later. The GIF graphics format was developed by CompuServe in 1987 to transfer compressed images over the very low-speed, dial-up lines in common use at that time. GIF images are widely used on the Web; however, the compression method in GIF was patented by Unisys (see LZW and GIF).

In 1998, CompuServe was acquired by America Online (AOL), and whereas AOL is geared more to the consumer, CompuServe's offerings were aimed at the professional business user. Specialized versions of CompuServe are also available for the legal, insurance and airline industries. See online service.
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Before joining MCI Worldcom, Van Camp was president of CompuServe Network Services.
From their IBM or compatible PCs, agents are linked to Mayflower's host mainframe computer by local phone call via the CompuServe Network to batch transmit data, such as order registration, and to use their PCs to track orders through the various phases of order life cycle.
Prior to that, he spent 13 years with UUNET, a WorldCom Company and its predecessor, CompuServe Network Services.
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Adding to its growing line of value-added services, CompuServe Network Services, a subsidiary of WorldCom, Inc.
In his sixteen-year career with CompuServe Network Services, the corporate data networking division of CompuServe, Inc.
13 /PRNewswire/ -- CompuServe Network Services announced today the launch of its new end-user support services for corporate customers who need assistance in rolling out remote access services to end- users.
Upon transition to the private sector, he has worked for several large telecommunications companies including Telenet, Sprint International, Equant (previously Scitor/ITS), CompuServe Network Services, UUNET Technologies, an MCI WorldCom Company and most recently Applied Innovation Inc.
CompuServe Network Services, a leading network integrator, provides more than 1,300 companies around the world with complete, fully integrated Internet, Intranet and Extranet connectivity solutions.
Prior to that, Lambert held a variety of technical and marketing management positions while at CompuServe, including vice president of network technology of CompuServe Network Services, as well as chief technology officer.
CompuServe Network Services, a leading network integrator, provides more than 1,200 companies around the world with complete, fully integrated, Internet, Intranet, and Extranet connectivity solutions.
CompuServe Network Services, a leading network integrator, provides more than 1,200 companies round the world with complete, full integrated Internet, Intranet and Extranet connectivity solutions.
Carver, was Managing Director, CompuServe Network Services, Europe / Worldcom Advanced Networks, Europe following Worldcom's acquisition of CompuServe Network Services Europe.